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Old rifles can be interesting...

By Mark Wheeler
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I must confess a liking for older rifles with a bit of history, especially if some of their back story can be traced. This item is a case in point.

 

At first glance it's a sporterised old Martini-Enfield but, it's much more than that. The rifle began life in 1880 as a Class 1 Martini-Henry Mk II rifle in calibre .577/450. The designation is indistinct on the receiver but clear on the butt. At the time of issue it was a front-line weapon (the 1 below the II reveals this) and would have served with British forces somewhere in the Empire.

 

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